Suggested steps for collecting and combining data.
plan Synthesis - narrative, quantitative, integrative, meta analyasis
list the data elements - participants, method, results, funding, application of findings, authors' conclusions.
develop data collection methods - quality control, bias, amstar standards,
develop form and collect data
complete synthesis and explain findings - what are the patterns in the data, gaps in literature, strengths of the review, comparison with previous reviews, implications of the synthesis, limitations of the systematic review, studies missed.
Links to software tools for data collection/synthesis